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Paul Charles Forstrom

Paul Charles Forstrom, age 41 of Hutchinson, made his journey home to God on Friday, Jan. 25, 2001, 9:20 a.m., at the Fairview Southdale Hospital Cancer Care Center, Edina. His death followed a 13 year struggle with brain cancer.

Paul was born Oct. 8, 1959, in Willmar. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Clara City, where he served as a communion assistant, acolyte and usher.

Paul graduated from Clara City High School in 1977, where he was active in football and drama.

He attended St. Olaf College, Northfield, from 1977 to 1983, and also studied in Washington, D. C., Europe, and the Middle East. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in four majors: history, religion, psychology, and political sciences.

In July, 1983, Paul was married to Beatrice Luknic (1983-1997) at Bethel Lutheran Church, Willmar.

After graduation, Paul was employed as a sales associate for First State Marketing Corporation (FSMC), based in Lake Lillian. He traveled the United States selling FSMC's high volume check clearing services.

In 1988, Paul became president of FSMC and held that position until Sept. 30, 2000. He was instrumental in FSMC's growth and success.

Paul was an equal partner, director, and officer with his brothers in Forstrom Bancorporation Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiaries of Citizens State Bank of Clara City, Maynard, Granite Falls, Security State Bank of Howard Lake, and First Valley Bank of Seeley Lake, Mont. He was also a partner with his brothers in Citizens State Insurance Agency of Clara City and the Forstrom Brothers Investment Corp., with its primary holding in six hotel/restuaurant properties in the Twin Cities metro area.

Paul was a faithful member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Excelsior, for 14 years. He served on the church council for several terms and served as the council liaison to the stewardship, finance, long-range planning and communications/public relations committees.

He was one of the ambassadors who traveled to Jimeta, Nigeria to help establish a mission partnership with the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, a sponsor of Children in Project Education India, and active as a communion assistant and usher.

Paul was one of the original first six patients of the Fairview-University Brain Tumor Center, established in 1999. He spoke at the inaugural fundraising event and is featured in a documentary used by the center for promotional purposes. The mission of the center is for the research of brain tumors and the care and support of brain tumor patients, family members, and health care professionals in the Upper Midwest.

According to the physicians' network associated with the brain tumor center, Paul was the longest surviving brain cancer patient known. Through his positive attitude and deep faith, Paul was and will continue to be an inspiration for those journeying with cancer, and for many others.

On June 24, 2000, Paul was married to Kathryn Brossandes at his home in Hutchinson.

Paul enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father and brothers. He also enjoyed traveling, sailing, reading, and working outdoors.

Knowing his disease was terminal, he treasured the precious times spent with his wife and children, family, and friends.

Paul is survived by his wife Kathryn; three children and two stepchildren: Lauren (18), Nichole (13), and Zachary Forstrom (11), and Samuel (19) and Jae Carter (17), all of Hutchinson; parents, C. R. (Kelly) and Norma Forstrom of Spicer and Vernice, Fla.; three brothers, Phillip (Marsha) of Clara City, Perry of Spicer, and John of Independence; and three nieces, Allison, Amanda, and Ashley Forstrom of Clara City.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and several aunts and uncles.

A memorial service took place Saturday, Feb. 3, 11 a.m., at Mount Calvery Lutheran Church, Excelsior, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be given to Fairview-University Brain Tumor Center.

Arrangements were by Huber Funeral Home, Excelsior Chapel.

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